Since 2008

jonCates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art. His projects have been presented internationally at various events in locations such as Beijing, Madrid and Mexico City; nationally in Chicago, New York and Boston and are widely distributed online. Art Games, experimental Machinima, Computer Witchcraft, digitalPunk and Noise music are some of the unstable categories that his work playfully moves through.
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Southbridge Slow Electronics 4PM - 6PM CST 2010.06.06

Sun Jun 06, 2010 00:00 - Sun Jun 06, 2010



our Southbridge Slow Electronics show transmits today Sunday 2010.06.06 on transatlantic nets to connect Chicago .US, Linz .AT & internets radio via http://glitch.fm from 4PM - 6PM CST (Chicago .US) AKA 11PM CEST (Linz .AT)

...listen to the slow streams within streams of recursive machines inna feedbacked whirld we live in live every Sundaze:







Catherine Forster presents her artwork and Live Box Gallery @ Upgrade! Chicago Tuesday June 8, 7 PM FREE!

Tue Jun 08, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jun 04, 2010

Catherine Forster presents her artwork and Live Box Gallery @ Upgrade! Chicago Tuesday June 8, 7 PM FREE!

Catherine Forster is a Chicago-based filmmaker, artist, curator of Live Box Gallery in Chicago. Her trajectory as an artist began with careers in microbiology and business. As a result, observation and authenticity are the bedrock of her work. As a microbiologist her preferred medium was a microscope; today it is a camera. Forster’s fascination with the world beneath the microscope transformed to the extraordinary arena played out beyond the lens. This sensibility also extends to her vision for her curatorial project Live Box, a non-profit nomadic new media art space, which features (often abstract and pattern-based) local and international video art in venues throughout Chicago.

Recent exhibitions of Forster’s own work include the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago, Carnegie Art Museum, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Flint Institute of Art, Orange County Contemporary Art Center, Exit Art (NY), Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. Films by Forster have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, Echotrope New Media Arts Festival (Omaha) , Simultan Media Arts Festival (Romania), Echo Park Film Center (LA), Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women’s Film Festival.


Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following


Upgrade! Chicago meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwuakee, Chicago, IL 60642

The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres and aims to support Chicago vibrant cinema community.



Open Channel: Chicago Electronic

Thu Jun 10, 2010 00:00 - Tue Jun 01, 2010

below is info/an invite to a new event in Chicago organized by Liz Knight called:

Open Channel: Chicago Electronic "Open Mic"

chex it out!
// jonCates
Upgrade! Chicago co-organizer

Open Channel: Chicago Electronic "Open Mic"
Jun 10 Thu 7:00 PM
@ Multikulti
1000 N Milwaukee Ave, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
$5.00 per person

Sort of like it's analog cousin, Open Channel is an non-curated musician's showcase in a supportive, relaxed environment, except it showcases electronic music, either through DJing or Live PAs. You will get 20 minutes to show off what you do musically, and then listen to other people doing the same thing.

There are 12 slots open. The first 12 people who RSVP and pay will be guaranteed a slot. Playing order will be determined on the date of the performance.

You are also absolutely welcome to bring friends, or just come as a spectator! There is a suggested donation of $5.


* You will be plugging in to an open channel on the mixer with one RCA cable from your gear. We will have 3 people set up on the table and then use the mixer to fade between people when they are ready to go, without dead air. Please try to stick to the 20 minute limit so everyone gets a chance to play.

* There are no monitors, but the room is not huge and the space is carpeted.

* Please note that there is not a lot of room at the front of house, so try to keep your gear footprint to the smallest you can manage (ie: there is no room to set up a full drum kit, so don't bring it). The ideal setup would be a laptop plus one or two pieces of outboard gear / MIDI controllers.

* There are CD turntables at the space already. We could arrange record turntables, or you can bring yours if you need them.

Scroll to MULTIKULTI on the call box to get buzzed in and go up to the 4th floor. The space is an art + media collective and gallery. BYOB.


on Critical Glitch Artware && the demoscene

hi curt

as usual i am curious as to what you mean: creativity is or as the art of forgetting your sources? art as the act of forgetting sources? willful amnesia +/or accidental erasure? filtering? bookmarking? searching? query fielding? ahistorical approaches? or critical glitch studies? or hyperthreaded media art hystories?

// jonCates
Critical Glitch Artware organizer/artist